August 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Keiland Williams (34) runs for 1st down during the first half between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Five Wide: Halt the Mike Jenkins-to-Detroit trade rumors


1. Receivers Maurice Stovall and Patrick Edwards are making it hard for the Lions not to carry six wide outs. Stovall made a couple of plays on offense and continued to be a stud on special teams. Although Edwards looked completely unpolished, he took a lot of reps with the first and second team offenses, which is a clear indicator that the Lions believe he has huge play making ability.

2. Where did that running game come from? Keiland Williams and Joique Bell looked inspiring against the Browns and it will be interesting to see if Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best can produce just as well.

3. The Lions clearly made a mistake letting punter Nick Harris go last year. For the Panthers Saturday, Harris made a couple of kicks against the Texans that prove teams shouldn’t cut a kicker after one lousy preseason showing. Not to mention, Harris was the MVP of Jacksonville’s special teams last season because he kept the Jaguars in most games and set opposing offenses up with bad field position.

4. Barring any future injuries to the Lions’ secondary, the Mike Jenkins-to-Detroit trade rumors should be put to bed. Chris Houston, Bill Bentley and Alphonso Smith played well as a group against the Browns. Jenkins appears to be unneeded and now the spot where the Lions need added depth is at the safety position.

5. The biggest weakness on defense is going to be at the safety position this season, especially after the injury to Louis Delmas. The defensive line looks solid and improved, and the play from Everette Brown against Cleveland was surprising. The linebackers maintain its core from last season and the cornerbacks appear to be much more talented this year. The Lions will struggle to keep its safeties healthy and the position will continue to look patchwork at best.

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  • brucekennedy

    Please running well against the Cleveland Browns is not that impressive, to begin with. But running well against a pre season Browns team is even less impressive. You show me a consistent running game from Bell and Williams in the regular season and then I’ll be impressed. Pre season is a joke, as I have said before. It may serve a purpose for the coaches, but even they can’t get a good read on a player in pre season, because of the players they are going up against, many of whom will not make an NFL roster. Bell, from what I saw, ran all over Cleveland. Does that mean if the Lions have a healthy Best, an elgible LeShoure and healthy Smith Bell is going to be the Lions starter? I have no doubt that if he continues to play as well has he did against the Browns the rest of pre season, he will win a roster spot, but certainly not a starter spot, barring injuries and suspensions.